mistyka; poznanie; Bóg; istota; ekstaza; intuicja; Tomasz z Akwinu; mysticism; cognition; God; essence; ecstasy; Thomas Aquinas; Joseph Maréchal
"Folia Philosophica" T. 29 (2011), s. 225-237
Joseph Maréchal, Belgian mysticism scholar, broadly recognized for his contribution
to transcendental Thomism and acclaimed as the greatest systematician of the
mystic concept of clear vision of God, raised the question on the possibility of seeing
the essence of God during earthly life. According to Maréchal, Aquinas, on the
ground provided by Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite and other Christian
authors, takes this kind of vision as a special kind of intellectual intuition strengthened
by the influence of God’s light and made possible (even if, unlike the case of
visio beatifica, incomplete) admiration gone in man’s soul. What is then the nature
of this clear vision? What makes it different from other kinds of mystic experience?
To answer these question is the aim of the paper.